A new camera and lens!

I normally don’t talk about camera gear, but I got a couple of new tools and was finally able to get out and try them. The Canon 1D X Mark II camera and I’ve paired that with the Canon 600mm f/4 lens and boy are they both great together! I was able to get out this past Friday night and shoot a local football game between Sahuarita High School and Palo Verde High School and it was really nice to be back out shooting some sports for fun and trying out this new gear. Needless to say, I’m very happy with the results and can’t wait to get out and shoot some more photos with this new gear! 🙂

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Thank you!!!

Tuesday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Jan and I have a big announcement to make this morning. As of December 14th of this year, we are retiring! Yes, after 29 years of self-employment, it’s time for us to happily ride off into the sunset! It’s been a great ride and we feel incredibly blessed for all of the great clients that we have worked with all of these years and all of the great photo shoots that we have been a part of since April of 1990! There have been so many friendships that have been made throughout the years and so many great road trips around the United States and the world, as well!

You’re probably thinking, why we are we doing this now? Well, we love what we do, but we have so many other things that we want to do and it’s time to start doing them. Jan creates jewelry and has been working for me these past four years and in that time, she’s had to put aside her love of jewelry making because we are on the road so much. I love to hike and ride my bike and we both love to get out and shoot nature photography and are really looking forward to exploring the United States and all of the National Parks that we have here.

One of the things that we are really proud of is that we are leaving on our terms and not being forced out by a company. For those of us over 50 years old, we’ve seen more and more of our friends being forced out of the jobs that they have had, before they were ready to retire. So we take great pride in the fact that we are controlling our own future.

Thanks again, to all of our great clients over the past 29 years, for letting us do what we so love to do and supporting us as you have, all of these years! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful Thanksgiving next week, too!

Kev and Jan

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Living in the desert

Tuesday morning Wallagrass, Maine greetings to one and all!

Yes, Wallagrass, Maine! Wallagrass is about as far North in the continental United States that you can go before you are in Canada. I’m up here for a couple of days on a shoot before getting back home later this week. It’s been a crazy last couple of months with road trips to Arizona, Texas (twice), Oklahoma and West Virginia and a lot of miles driving and flying during that time. Being busy is always a good thing and yes we have been busy, so I’m not complaining!

While Jan and I were in Tucson, Az. back in early April, one of our places to stop in and shoot some photos was The Living Desert Zoo and Museum. It’s located West of downtown Tucson and Saguaro National Park West and well worth a visit. They have really done a great job laying out the grounds at Living Desert and you can spend a number of hours there walking around seeing all the different desert vegetation and also some of the animals. We were there in early October and although it was hot, but not to insanely hot, a number of the animals were out and not under shade to escape the heat and sun. Jan was able to get some great shots of one of the Bobcats and I found a little lizard that was out catching some rays on the rocks! Besides all the animals that are there, there’s also a bunch of different cactus and other plants that you would find out in the desert! Indeed it’s a photographers paradise and we made the best of it!

Here’s our shots from The Living Desert Zoo and Museum of a couple of our little friends!

It’s time to get to work, so we hope that you’re going to have a great rest of this week and thanks as always for taking the time to check out our photos!

Thanks again!!!

Kev and Jan

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

When Jan and I got on the plane back from Tucson, Az. this past Wednesday afternoon, we knew that the weather at home wouldn’t be nearly as nice as it was in the Arizona desert. Needless to say, we were right and boy the bottom sure dropped out on the weather here in Central Illinois. It’s been cold with some rain and generally it reminds me of the weather in Seattle, so it’s not been nearly as nice as I would like for it to be! I’m good with the change of the seasons, but when it goes from being really nice to not so nice, it’s a little tough to take, but I guess that’s to be expected!

One of our day photo safari trips was spent at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southwestern Arizona. Organ Pipe is about two hour’s West of Tucson, so it’s a nice easy drive through the desert. It’s the only place in the U.S. where the Organ Pipe Cactus grow in nature and when you see them in person, they are incredibly large. We saw some of the really mature ones that were approaching 20 feet in height and that’s pretty amazing to see in person. There are two drives that you can take in the park and our favorite one is the 21 mile Ajo Mountain Drive. On this drive you can stop at just about any place that you’d like to take photos and during the four hours that we took to complete the drive, we only saw one other car, so you really can have the place to yourself and that’s a huge plus for us!

Here’s a couple of our photos from the day spent at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Jan’s photo on top is of a wonderful scene with many of the Saguaro Cactus in the shot while my snap on the bottom is of the Organ Pipe Cactus.

It’s time for us to get busy this week, so we hope that you’re going to have a wonderful week to come and thanks for taking the time to check out our work!

Kev and Jan

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